Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Edmond Tapsoba has said that there is “nothing concrete” in his rumoured transfer to Chelsea and insists that he will remain at Bayer for next season.
The 22-year-old has been linked with Arsenal, alongside several English clubs, but was recently asked about Chelsea in an interview with Burkina Info TV (via Afrique Sports).
“With Chelsea FC, for the moment, there is nothing concrete, nothing official. What I can say is that I will start my season with Bayer Leverkusen. We keep our fingers crossed for God to guide us to the right path.”
The Burkina Faso international had a solid 2020/21 campaign for Leverkusen, starting 29 Bundesliga matches and helping the club to a sixth-placed finish.
He only joined the German club in 2020 from Portuguese outfit Vitoria de Guimaraes for £16.2m but he’s already being linked with a move away.
There is understood to be ‘no release clause’ in Tapsoba’s contract and that Bayer ‘don’t want to sell the centre-back this summer as he is one of the key players’.
A centre-back could be high on the agenda for Thomas Tuchel this summer as the Blues look to mount a title challenge next season.
However, most notably, Chelsea have been linked with a £150million transfer for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
The Norway international has become one of the most valuable players in world football after bagging 57 goals in 59 matches for Dortmund since joining from RB Salzburg in January 2020.
When asked about the transfer rumours in May, Haaland said: “I have a contract for a couple of years, so I am respectful towards my contract.
“I am a simple guy. When I like something I just want to have more – when I score a goal, I always chase the next goal.”
Despite that, there have been reports that Haaland ‘expects to join Chelsea before the new season begins’ and that he has agreed personal terms with the Blues.
90min claim that Chelsea ‘are prepared to offer up to £150m’ to get a deal for Haaland over the line this summer despite the possibility of getting him for less than half that price in a year’s time.
A €75m (£64m) release clause will kick in from next summer but Chelsea aren’t prepared to wait and risk losing out on the striker.